|Chena Hot Springs|
Just a little bit of rain overnight that stopped well before we packed up to head out. By the way, I strongly recommend Nenana RV Park for those who don't need a resort for their stay. Inexpensive, beautiful bathrooms & showers, including supplying a bathmat for your shower. They have inexpensive washers & dryers, and even keep a bottle of liquid laundry soap that is available for $.50 per load. We also enjoyed out chat with the owner.
We stopped at Walmart in Fairbanks, as well as a bank for more laundry quarters, and a Verizon store to find out why I could see Verizon hotspots working in campgrounds where mine wouldn't show a cell connection. They replaced my SIM card - we will see if that makes a difference.
After that it was 60 miles to Chena Hot Springs Resort. While it probably can get away with the term "Resort" in the hotel & restaurant end of the business, the campground is anything but. Dry camping on dirt sites, although our sites (7 & 8) are backed by a pretty stream. No showers or flush toilets except in the locker room for the hot spring ($13.00 for seniors, $15.00 for adults), a long walk from the campsites. Still, you can't argue with the price - $20.00 per site.
The hot spring is very pleasant and well worth visiting. Warm enough at 105°F, but no so hot you can't stand to stay in it. They have two hot tubs, an indoor pool mostly filled with kids, and an adults only outdoor pond with chest deep water with a gravel bed. The grounds are full of flowers, herb & vegetable gardens, an Ice Museum (we didn't take the tour) and a pond that had a full grown bull moose standing in it as we went to register for the campsites. Of course we didn't have out cameras, and when we went back all that was left was some moose poop & a footprint. More photos at today's LakeshoreImages page.
Dinner was leftovers - Chili, chicken & corn on the cob along with a raspberry merlot wine that some of us liked, but I thought it tasted like carbonated Koolaid!
This won't get posted until tomorrow. There is no WiFi in the campground, and although I can see a cell tower behind the spring, it doesn't seem to be either AT&T or Verizon - neither my phone or hot spot shows a signal. Added - I'm now in North Pole, AK and am able to post.
Until an internet connection -